You’ve been watching your diet. You’ve been working out. You’ve even thrown in a meditation session for good measure…
So why, oh why do you still get junk food cravings?
We all know what it’s like. You can refuse the glazed donuts at work. You can politely decline the deep fried chicken wings at lunch, but the minute you walk in the door at the end of the day, out comes the bread, butter and raw cookie dough for dinner.
Cravings can often be mental, emotional or nutritional. It’s time to wise up to our body’s language of love…food love that is.
Next time the munchies strike, check out these three steps to help you satisfy even the strongest food craving so you can stop sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Craving Something Sweet?
Keep a stash of frozen berries in the freezer for guilt free snacking or add a splash of coconut cream, some banana and nut butter for a creamy dessert. The berries and banana will satisfy your sweet tooth, coconut cream adds some creaminess and nut butter adds essential fats and protein. Top with cacao nibs for an extra magnesium hit and you’ll be loaded with antioxidant goodness without the sugar high!
Craving Something Salty?
A packet of chips was my standard response to those cravings for something salty and crunchy. Thankfully these days I have a new weapon… kale chips! Leafy greens provide you with the manganese you may be lacking and they taste great too! Kale chips are so easy to make you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. Simply rinse and dry fresh kale leaves, gently coat them with a good quality olive oil and top with shredded parmesan cheese or your choice of spices. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 180 degrees (160 degrees fan forced) and devour immediately.
As strange as this sounds, if you have an uncontrollable hankering for some bread, you may actually be needing protein. Try adding some healthy protein like fish, eggs or organic chicken to your next meal. You can even snack on a small plate of beans or nuts to help you curb those cravings on the spot! Finally, when your gorgeous body speaks…listen. Getting to know what your cravings really mean is the first step to a happier, healthier and slimmer you!
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Now I’d looove to hear from you! What are some of your biggest, spookiest cravings? Let me know in the comments below!
Here’s to Ditching the Diet!